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Top Big Data Startups Honored at Strata

Oct 20, 2014 |

Hadoop virtualization startup BlueData took home the blue ribbon at the Startup Showcase competition during the Strata + Hadoop World conference last week. Also gaining recognition were SQL-on-Hadoop tool developer Metanautix, graph analytics startup GraphLab, and SlamData, which develops an SQL add-on for MongoDB. As we previously reported, BlueData was founded in 2012 by two former VMware engineers, Kumar Sreekanti and Tom Phelan, who wanted to dramatically reduce the complexity in Hadoop deployments. The company’s offering, dubbed EPIC, provides a Read more…

Israeli Startup Looks to Ease Hadoop Rollouts

Oct 20, 2014 |

An Israeli big data processing startup said this week it has secured $3 million in early-round funding and will launch its Hadoop-based platform in the U.S. Tel Aviv-based Xplenty announced Oct. 20 the Series A funding from Waarde Capital and existing seed investor Magma Venture Partners. The funding will be used to expand platform features on its cloud-based processing engine while the company expands globally. Xplenty also announced plans to offer its big data processing technology directly to U.S. customers. Read more…

Predixion Update Seeks to Ease Analytics Deployment

Oct 16, 2014 |

Continuing a trend toward easing the deployment of analytics while expanding access beyond data analysts to decision makers, analytics vendor Predixion Software has released the latest version of its predictive analytics platform. Predixion, San Juan Capistrano, Calif., said Oct. 15 version 4.0 of its “Insight” platform aims to expand access to predictive analytics to a range of production environments in vertical markets like health care and financial services. The company specializes in the “last mile of analytics,” that is, delivering Read more…

EMC, Pivotal Add Compute to Hadoop Data Lake

Oct 15, 2014 |

Storage vendor EMC Corp. and cloud specialist Pivotal have partnered to roll out a new version of a Data Lake Hadoop Bundle that adds a compute option to the big data product along with accelerated analytics that come with scaled out storage and computing along with analytics software. As data lakes gain momentum as scalable repositories for data generated from current and advanced workloads, EMC and Pivotal are positioning Data Lake Hadoop Bundle 2.0 as a tool for plumbing the Read more…

MongoDB Unveils Management Service Upgrades

Oct 14, 2014 |

MongoDB Inc. rolled out upgrades to its database management service this week that include automation features designed to speed the deployment and provisioning of MongoDB on Amazon Web Services and other cloud infrastructure. Upgrades to the MongoDB Management Service (MMS) announced on Oct. 14 address criticisms that the popular database remains difficult to deploy and maintain, company executive said. They estimate that the MMS upgrades could lower operational overhead by as much as 95 percent. Previously, labor-intensive tasks like writing Read more…

Salesforce Eyes Business Analytics with Wave Platform

Oct 13, 2014 |

Continuing the migration of data analytics to the enterprise, Salesforce.com said it is entering the analytics market with the roll out of its “analytics cloud” targeting business intelligence applications. The enterprise cloud-computing vendor said Oct. 13 its Wave analytics cloud platform would allow businesses to sift through sales and marketing data from any device. The new platform and more than 30 “ecosystem partners” were introduced at a company event in San Francisco this week. Among the keynote speakers at the Read more…

‘Liquid’ Data Seen as Engine of Economic Growth

Oct 9, 2014 |

The free flow of data, especially government data, on open platforms could generate more than $1 trillion in annual U.S. economic activity, according to a recent global survey. That forecast depends however on greater investment in data analysis tools and regulatory safeguards that would make data more “liquid.” The report released earlier this month by global management consulting firm McKinsey & Co. predicts that global open data platforms could generate more than $3 billion annually in “additional value” for key Read more…

S. Korea Eyes Big Data to Reduce Car Accidents

Oct 8, 2014 |

Among the many striking features of the bustling city of Seoul, South Korea, are its connectedness, a function of its extensive deployment of broadband networks, and its roaring, non-stop traffic. An electronic sign in the city’s shopping district actually keeps track of the number of Korean auto fatalities. The total seemingly increases by the minute. Hence, the Korean government wants to use spatial, weather and other big data sources to provide drivers with what officials call an accident forecast service Read more…

Zoomdata Raises $17M

Oct 7, 2014 |

Venture capitalists remain bullish on data analytics startups. Stream processing engine specialist Zoomdata Inc. said Oct. 6 it has raised $17 million in a Series B funding round led by Accel Partners. Zoomdata, Reston, Va., said it would use the funds to accelerate product development while expanding marketing and sales efforts. The startup has come up with a way to use a stream processing engine to analyze historical as well as real-time data. It combines open source stream processing engines Read more…

NSF Awards $31M in Big Data Research Grants

Oct 6, 2014 |

Backing up Obama administration rhetoric about the economic impact of big data, the National Science Foundation will fund 17 data science research programs totaling $31 million as part of its Data Infrastructure Building Blocks (DIBBS) program. NSF said Oct. 1 the new university projects cover areas ranging from data analytics to management to security and specific scientific applications like biomedicine and life sciences. The agency, which focuses on funding university R&D, stressed in making the awards that many of the Read more…